Osborne, Revelation

Osborne, Grant R. Revelation. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 2002. xx + 869 pp.

Grant R. Osborne is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has also written on Biblical hermeutics (The Hermeneutical Spiral).

The 50 page conservative introduction is followed by a 700+ page commentary. Osborne’s approach is futurist, but also somewhat eclectic. Osborne interacts continuously with David E. Aune (cf. Aune’s commentaries and collected essays) and Gregory K. Beale (see here about Beale’s commentary and Beale’s essays about the use of the OT).

Osborne divides the commentary as follows: 1:1-8; 1:9-3:22; chs. 4-16; chs. 17-20; 21:1-22:5 and 22:6-21. Chs. 4-16 employs recapitulations, i.e. they are chronologically repetitious. Chs. 17ff are chronologically progressive – and premillennial.

Osborne “seeks to reach a broad audience with scholarly research from a decidedly evangelical perspective.” More at the publisher’s site.

This volume is reviewed by Kevin W. Larsen in: Review of Biblical Literature (2004) and by A. Boyd Luther, “Revelation” in: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (2003).

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